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Can .380 +P Ammunition Be Used In Ruger LCP,
Taurus 738 and Keltec P3AT?

If you conceal carry a .380 Ruger LCP, the Taurus 738 TCP or the Kel-Tec P-3AT pistol in your pocket, most likely you have hollowpoints in the magazine. Better take another look at your ammo rounds to make sure they aren't Plus P rated. (Plus P ammo is a higher pressure (more powerful) type of ammunition.) If your gun is not rated for this powerful ammo, you may asking for trouble.

  
  

Taurus 738 TCP .380 Pistol
Taurus 738 TCP .380 Pistol

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The following is a brief analysis and references for determining whether .380 caliber plus P (+P) ammunition can safely be used in the Ruger LCP, the Taurus TCP 738 and the Keltec P3AT.

SUPPORTING DATA

Ruger LCP
Can Plus P (+P) .380 Ammunition Be Used In Ruger LCP?

NO PER THE RUGER WEBSITE.

FROM THE RUGER WEBSITE - CAN I USE +P AMMUNITION IN MY RUGER LCP?
No. The Ruger LCP was not designed for use with +P ammunition. Given the LCP's light weight and compact design, the use of +P ammunition in this particular model may result in damage to the firearm or personal injury.
http://www.ruger.com/service/FAQs.html#Q109

RUGER LCP WITH +P AMMO
Not sure about the LCP, but the manual for the kel-tec p3at (about 95% the same design of the LCP) says that the gun WILL cycle +p but not with continuous use. from manual: SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS - AMMUNITION: The P-3AT Pistol is designed and chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge. Do not use any other ammunition. The P-3AT will accept +P ammunition, however not with continuous use.
http://forum.pafoa.org/general-2/35896-ruger-lcp-p-ammo.html

Taurus TCP 738
Can Plus P (+P) .380 Ammunition Be Used In Taurus TCP 738?

NO PER UNSUBSTANTIATED PHONE CALL TO THE TAURUS COMPANY.

TAURUS TCP 738 AND +P AMMUNITION
Shooting the 738 TCP was a pleasure. Even when using Plus P high performance ammunition, the pistol is very controllable and hits on a human silhouette target at twenty-five yards were easy during rapid fire. Head shots at seven and fifteen yards were also relatively easy, shooting offhand from a standing position.
http://www.gunblast.com/Taurus-PT738.htm


TAURUS TCP MANUAL
No reference to +P ammunition.
http://www.taurususa.com/pdf/manual_738_tcp.pdf

TAURUS PT738 TCP WITH +P AMMO
I'd be tempted to get one of these if they got rid of the shiny slide & made a pocket-clip availale, since these are +P rated. I have the P3AT & really need the belt-clip to keep the thing from being upside-down in my pocket [don't like pocket holsters or IWBs], but the P3AT is not +P rated.
http://www.handgunforum.net/taurus/23527-taurus-pt738-tcp.html

I did call Taurus before we decide and they said it is NOT rated for +P ammo. The manual not real clear to me on that but they only show specs on standard 380.
http://www.handgunforum.net/taurus/23527-taurus-pt738-tcp.html

KELTEC P-3AT PISTOL
Can Plus P (+P) .380 Ammunition Be Used In the KELTEC P-3AT PISTOL?

YES PER THE KELTEC MANUAL, BUT NOT WITH CONTINUAL USE.

KELTEC P-3AT PISTOL AND +P AMMUNITION

FROM THE KELTEC P-3AT MANUAL - AMMUNITION - The P-3AT is designed and chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge. Do not use any other ammunition. The P-3AT will accept +P ammunition, however not with continuous use.
http://www.keltecweapons.com/uploaded_files/resources/
f_ba8132b8f3bf000087607ee4a84036c7P-3atmanual.pdf

 

 

 

Feedback & Comments

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Taurus 738 Not Designed For Plus Ps Or Hollowpoint

August 19, 2011
The Taurus 738 TCP pistol is designed to shoot round ball ammo and not Hollow points, and 95 gr 1000 fps. I have shot a dozen boxes of shells through mine and have not had one single jam. If you buy a handgun, shoot the right ammo and their probably won't be a problem. The Taurus 380 TCP 738 is a great handgun. If you want to shoot Plus Ps then or hotter ammo then what's recommended then buy a heaver frame gun.
Teddy

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Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 ACP
Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 ACP
with +P Ammunition?
Ruger LCP .380 ACP
Ruger LCP .380 ACP
with +P Ammunition?
Taurus 738 TCP .380 ACP
Taurus 738 TCP .380 ACP
with +P Ammunition?
YES - BUT
Not with continuous use
NO
Per the Manual
NO
(unofficial)